She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear by Carolanne Miljavac

SHE LAUGHS! In the face of. . .Poverty. Grief. Brokenness. Disaster. Hopeless Situations. Life’s Struggles.
And you can too!

Join CA Miljavac on a journey of joy.
She believes with all her heart that laughter is a gift, providing a sliver of distraction from whatever struggle you might be facing. . .relief when you need rescuing. . .hope in the midst of hardship.
Though her life has been dotted with disaster, it’s through laughter that she found the strength and courage to persevere. . .joy for the journey. And she’ll help you discover all the ways laughter can carry you through your very own painful situations.
In ten laugh-till-you-cry chapters, Miljavac shares how laughter has been an essential and valuable part of her own healing, plus hilarious true stories will help you get started on the path to a life of peace and joy.

My Review

Carolanne discusses the many ways the devil can attempt to take our joy from us. From humiliation, to sorrow, fear, and anxiety, she shares life experiences with her comedian wit to help us see how to use laughter to recover more quickly.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story about a time she and her husband had a major tiff over something small. Marriage is often like that! Her reactions made me smile a lot.

Hearing her perspective on motherhood was also liberating.

She is very open and real about her life. We see laughter is not a cure all but is effective for banishing fear! Somethings take time and outside help.

Not everyone needs medication, but if you do, there is no shame in it .

So many women like me avoid even making the phone call to set up an appointment out of fear of the ignorant things people might say as if you’re depressed because you aren’t doing enough to fight it.

I had a doctor advise me to just get back to exercising and eating well like I was before. I found it so disheartening, because if someone like me who has always taken care of herself and knows what to do and how to do it all of a sudden finds herself unable to get out of bed for reasons she can’t explain, you can be sure it’s not because she’s just choosing not to. Trust me, nobody chooses to feel this way.

I related to Carolanne Miljavac’s experiences and emotional responses! I’m sure all moms have reacted in an undignified way a time or two over certain ‘accidents’. Feelings of loneliness or just not fitting in are more commonly felt by women, I’ve observed, than we realize. We often feel like we are in the throws alone and no one understands. Yet as Carolanne reminds us in She Laughs, God cares deeply about our trials, large and small. He understands!

I laughed and cried as I read her book. It was very healing!

I hope you read She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear! I think you are going to like it.

Note: As I read the book, I remembered Del Parson’s painting, Christ’s Love, where Jesus has a loving smile or perhaps a laugh. I am sure Jesus laughs too! My favorite of Del’s paintings, though, may be the one of him cradling a baby. Which is your favorite? I would love to know! Drop a note in the comments please.

I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.


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